TWELVE DEAD, MAGAZINE SILENCED IN PARIS TERRORIST ATTACK [UPDATED]
Three masked men kill 12 people after storming the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, then flee after a gun battle
The bodies of victims are being removed from a Paris building as police conduct a major manhunt for gunmen who killed 12 at the headquarters of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Three masked gunmen stormed the offices of the controversial publication, which has previously been attacked for its portrayal of the Prophet Mohammed. French police officials say they have identified three men as suspects and have named them. The attackers were armed with Kalashnikov rifles and a rocket-propelled grenade during the attack on Wednesday morning. Police sources have said two brothers from the Paris region and another man from Rheims have been linked to the attack.
The intent is clear.
Here are some of the Muhammed Cartoons and two links to my archive of cartoon images and commentary. Here is another link that has a more extensive treatment of the flap.
The Muhammad Cartoons of Jyllands-Posten
The German court has ruled, but what will be the aftermath?
A Berlin court has rejected an emergency appeal by three mosques to prohibit a far-right group from displaying caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad at a demonstration this weekend.
The Berlin administrative court ruled Thursday the caricatures were protected by laws allowing artistic free expression and their display alone did not violate laws against slander nor those against inciting hate or violence.
Three mosques had filed the appeal after the far-right “Citizens Movement — Pro Germany” had said it would display the caricatures during its Aug. 18 demonstration in the capital, being held under the slogan “Islam does not belong in Germany — stop Islamization.”
Yet, there continue to be newspapers in the United States who continue to refuse to print the cartoons.
I wonder what the demonstration will bring on the weekend?
The Muhammad Cartoon Archive
The exterior of a building housing the Jyllands-Posten Copenhagen office is seen. Four Swedes accused of plotting a revenge attack on the Jyllands-Posten newspaper that printed caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad have gone on trial
News item: Four Jailed In Denmark Over Plot Linked To Muhammad Cartoons
A Danish court has sentenced four men to 12 years in prison each for plotting a gun attack on a newspaper in revenge for its 2005 publication of cartoons purporting to portray the Prophet Muhammad.
The authorities have described the planned attack as the most serious terrorist plot ever uncovered in Denmark.
The men, three Swedish citizens and a Tunisian, were arrested in December 2010, just hours before the alleged attack was to take place.
The men had pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The court in Glostrup, near Copenhagen, on June 4 also ordered the men to be expelled from Denmark after they serve their sentences.
Prosecutors said the men had intended to cause heavy loss of life by opening fire on the offices of the “Jyllands-Posten” newspaper the same day that Crown Prince Frederik was due to visit the paper’s building in Copenhagen.
A fitting end to this story, but I cannot help but think there will be more terrorist attacks based on the Muhammed Cartoons.
Blaming the publication of these images of Muhammed offer a convenient excuse or cover for Islamic terrorist activities.
From Facebook: Everybody Draw Mohammed Day
Pakistan has restored Twitter service even though many had already worked around the block.
Pakistan restored access to Twitter after briefly blocking the micro-blog over “blasphemous” posts about a Facebook competition involving caricatures of the Prophet Muhammed.
The website was blocked on Sunday by the telecoms authority on the orders of the IT ministry amid accusations it refused to remove messages about the Facebook contest.
But the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) restored access to Twitter in the evening, several hours after it was cut off, said spokesperson Mohammad Younis Khan.
The reason for the U-turn was not immediately clear. Khan said it was the IT ministry’s decision and he did not know why it had been taken, and no one from the ministry or Twitter was available for comment.
Speaking before the ban was lifted on Sunday, Khan said that there was “blasphemous material” on Twitter and that the organisers of the competition had been “trying to hurt Muslim feelings”. Islam bans images of the Prophet.
Sometimes here in America, we take our freedom of speech rights for granted.
Remember this type of censorship could rear its ugly head here.
We must be vigilant of our government to protect our liberty.